Monday, August 5, 2013

There's No Place Like Home!

Slow Baked Chicken (AKA Joanne's Chicken) and Crunchy Veggie/Fruit Slaw

I have been away for a week and we just got home last night. Today I have been catching up on laundry and had to go grocery shopping as we had no food left in the house. I was anxious to cook a real meal as we have been eating out for almost a week and (I don't know about you) but I sure get tired of restaurant food. The portions are huge and I tend to over eat and then feel blak! If you have ever overeaten, you do not need me to define the word "BLAK." You know exactly what I mean!

The weather here today is glorious! The sky is a perfect shade of blue, no clouds, high 70's to low 80's and no humidity. This is the kind of weather that makes me feel so energized! It is also cool enough to use the oven once again so I have chicken slow baking in my oven in a sweet bourbon marinade. I made a crunchy veggie/fruit slaw as well. Later I will oven roast some baby red potatoes. YUM!

The chicken is very easy to prepare. Purchase chicken pieces. (I used nice plump, all-natural drumsticks with skin and skinless all-natural chicken thighs.) Then add your favorite barbecue sauce or marinade (I used sweet bourbon marinade) and bake for 3 1/2 hrs (covered with foil) at 300 degrees. After 3 hours, remove the foil and bake an additional 1/2 hour so the chicken browns nicely. 

The chicken is tender, moist and falls off the bone. Delicious!

This slaw is very easy to prepare as well. I "throw" together almost a full bag of shredded cabbage/carrots, a 1/2 bag of shredded broccoli slaw, chopped celery, chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, dried cranberries, chopped green apple and walnuts. Red grapes are also yummy in this slaw but I forgot to purchase them today! Then I add "Marie's" brand cole slaw sauce--just enough to fully moisten. You can also make your own sauce if you prefer. Mix together....

Look at all that crunchy goodness....

The dried cranberries, apples and walnuts make this extra yummy!

I have made this slaw several times over the summer. It is especially nice to have on very hot days as it is cold and refreshing when hot food just doesn't hit the spot. My family loves this!

After our long drive home last night from Pennsylvania, it feels wonderful to be home again. It's nice to have a home cooked meal after so much dining out. 

I was also anxious to pick up Ellie. Her vet kenneled her for us during our week away. They said she was quiet, very well behaved and just hung out with them.

She was so excited to see us! After being home for only a half-hour or so, she found a plastic bag full of Spanish moss and proceeded to shred the plastic bag. She then managed to spread the moss over every square foot of my back porch floor as well as the furniture! It's good to be home and back to normalcy! There really is no place like home!

Could you really get mad at that face? Not me! 

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  1. The crunchy fruit and veggie slaw sound delicious, I love the addition of cranberries and walnuts.

  2. My oldest boy loves a good slaw! He is been working outdoors for his summer job and is always craving something refreshing when he comes home from work! This would be perfect for him, the whole dish a matter of fact since he loves chicken too! Thanks for sharing, came over to visit you from the All my bloggy friends party.

  3. Nope, I don't believe I could get upset with that sweet boy...adorable! Everything looks YUMMY, will have to try your slaw.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  4. Hello , I am going to make your spinach pie and slaw this weekend. They both look delicious !!